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12 Castles to visit in Germany

There isn't a castle or palace that I will drive by in Germany, the history behind it, the architecture and just think how they build this? always sparks my imagination. Sometimes to the chagrin of my traveling companions, who had no interest in a late medieval castle.

But to me that's the thrill of going to Europe, to see the places I have read about.

So here's my top 12 list of castles to visit in Germany


Named as one of the best attractions in Europe, this castle is an inevitable stop if you

visit Germany. The breathtaking view features the massive alpine foothills behind the

castle. The castle's construction was built in a creative form rather than a functional

fortress by King Ludwig, former king of Bavaria. The 19th-century Romanesque palace

inspired the look of Disney castles with the magnificent scenic mountain backdrop.

Come visit the fairy tales in real life. Also not far away is Linderhof, which is more like a mini Versailles.

Hohenzollern Castle: (Burg Hohenzollern)

Located on top of Mount Hohenzollern, this is one of the most visited castles in

Germany. The castle aesthetics resemble a real version of Hogwarts from the Harry

Potter series. Enriched with long family history of the Hohenzollerns(Kaiser Willhelm of WWI) it has endless ancient royal treasures,

including silver and gold pieces, artwork, and royal robes. Even though we'll never get

that Hogwarts letter, this is a magical alternative to check out!

Schwerin Castle (Schweriner Schloss)

Schwerin Castle is entirely surrounded by water. The only way to cross the water is

through the bridge that connects the castle to Schwerin, capital of Mecklenburg-

Vorpommern in Northern Germany. The many similarities of the Romantic features of

Neuschwanstein gave the castle its nickname "Neuschwanstein of the North". The

throne rooms and exquisite porcelain collections are a must-see at this castle.

Heidelberg Castle (Heidelberger Schloss)

Dating back to approximately 1300, the red sandstone Heidelberg Castle has been one

of the best surviving German Renaissance structures. Being the largest castle ruin in

Germany, it towers on the hillside 300 feet above the Old Town in Heidelberg. Many

concerts and other various performances are held in the courtyard in addition to

massive firework displays at least three times each summer. This majestic castle is

definitely worth a stop on your vacation. A prime stop on a Rhine River Cruise.

Wartburg Castle (Schloss Wartburg)

This notable castle is where Martin Luther translated the New Testament of the Bible

into German. The castle still preserves many of its original artifacts and recreates the

medieval and Renaissance feel. The castle is considered Germany's real-life fairy tale

castle and one of the favorites among the Germans.

Marburg Castle (Landgrafenschloss)

The castle is situated in the town of Marburg, originating near AD 1000. Numerous

visitors come to Marburg through the German Fairy Tale Route. The infamous Brothers

Grimm (Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm) went to university in this town and used this specific

castle for their folklore inspiration, including Rapunzel and Snow White. You'll be able to

experience the storybook adventure that you've read about your whole childhood.

Nuremberg Castle (Nürnberger Burg)

The castle is one of the most important surviving medieval fortresses in Europe.

Situated in Nuremberg, it was seen as extremely powerful and significant during the

Holy Roman Empire. Reaching more than 50 meters into the rock below, the Deep Well

is the castle's main appeal. Get transported into the Middle Ages as you tour through

this massive imperial castle.

Wernigerode Castle (Schloss Wernigerode)

Built in the Middle Ages, the Wernigerode castle stood as a safe stopping area for

emperors on their frequent hunting trips to the Harz Mountains. It expanded in the late

Gothic era transforming into a beautiful Renaissance fortress. This castle offers an

exquisite panoramic view of the surrounding hills and the Wernigerode city. Stroll

through the Renaissance staircase tower and catch a glimpse of the elegance from that


Marksburg Castle (Schloss Marksburg)

Among the 40 different Rhine Gorge castles, Marksburg is the only medieval castle in the stretch

of the river that has never been destroyed. The Romanesque-style castle was built

above the water with a triangular layout where powerful families resided in the past. The

castle offers beautiful views of the Rhine River, and you're able to see what the interior of

a medieval castle looked like when it was initially built.

Eltz Castle (Burg Eltz)

When you think of romantic, beautiful, and charming castles, the Eltz castle needs to be

on top of the list. Despite being situated distant from a major city, this castle attracts many

people for its seclusion. Be sure to visit the Knights Hall as it features countless private

collections of historical artworks and displaying authentic medieval decor.

Weesenstein Castle (Schloss Weesenstein)

Located in Saxony, the Weesenstein Castle is a must-visit if you're a lover of museums

or wine. The cellar of the castle is stocked with thousands of aged wines. The various

exhibits show each part of the eras from the 19th century to the Middle Ages. The castle

also has a serene park nearby with formal rose gardens, foundations, and a tea house

along the river Müglitz.

Lichtenstein Castle (Schloss Lichtenstein)

Sometimes referred to as "Cinderella's castle" the Gothic Revival 'bastion sits on a high

rocky top at the edge of the Swabian Alps. The appearance of this 1800s version

medieval castle resembles a storybook charm with a tall round tower. The castle offers

a magnificent view of the surrounding landscape, including the Echaz river.

Each of the castles tell a captivating story. The sights are magnificent and will certainly

sweep you off your feet as you step into your fairytale land.

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